Three Rivers News, 2004-03-16

     For a while now the volunteers at Three Rivers Community Alliance have been contemplating how we will consistently raise the few hundred dollars required to keep the website up and running on the internet. The Three Rivers Community Alliance is the website for the towns of Atkinson, Brownville, LaGrange, Lakeview, Medford, Milo, and Sebec. The staff are volunteers with a mission : to link and promote our communities on the world wide web for continuous improvement in governance, economic status, educational opportunity and social endeavor.
     We have a sincere respect for the fundraising required by other entities and wanted to come up with something that wasn't being done already, that had a history of success in the area, that could be accomplished by our small group, that would be of interest, and it absolutely had to be fun ! Our Schoodic Lake Ice Out Contest was the choice for all of the above.
     Researching the "how to's" couldn't have been easier thanks to Sarah Gilman and Roxie MacGlaughlin of Dover-Foxcroft. Both are members of the Miosac Club which has run the Sebec Lake Ice Out Contest for many years. There was no need to reinvent a contest that had been working well, so we didn't, we copied.
     A logo for the contest was developed to make material related to the contest readily recognizable. Tickets were printed, posters were printed and laminated, and ticket/money pouches were readied. The next step was recruiting a judge or judges. Thanks to folks living near the lake, participation was gained for that very important phase of the operation as well.
     The five volunteers of the web team still needed more helping hands. We went out to several community businesses requesting their help in the sale of tickets and have nine supporting businesses in Sebec, Lagrange, Brownville and Milo where tickets can be purchased. Our additional helping hands include : Green Acres ( Sebec ); All-in-One-Stop ( LaGrange ); Robinson's Fuel Mart, Smith's Grocery and Lunch (Brownville); C&J Variety, The Restaurant, Milo True Value Hardware, Milo Exxon Mini Mart, and Reuben's Farmer's Market (Milo).
     Schoodic Lake Ice Out Contest tickets are also available from web team members.
     Tickets are only $1.00 for a chance at the fifty/fifty prize with a guaranteed $100.00 minimum prize. Enter between March 1 and March 31. The earliest entry closest to the ice out time declared by our judges will win. Ice out is considered to be the time at which the main body of the lake is navigable by boat. (Broken ice may remain packed into the "bottom" of the lake and in the larger coves may still be present.)
     Here are a couple hints to help you make your guesstimate of the ice out time. The ice is reported to be almost three feet thick now. The ice usually goes out in late April - but no guarantees.
     We hope all you ice fishermen and women try your luck with our contest too, and that you catch lots of fish before our contest is decided.

Good luck to all !




First row: Jessica, Brianna, and Hope.
Second row: Georgia, Harley, Macy, and Bobbie.
Third row: Shania, Nicole, Tammy, Kendra, Summer, and Michaela.

     WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GIRLS IN BROWNIE TROOP #550 FOR SOME OF THE things they have done since September 2003.  A special thanks goes out to Brownville Police Officer Nick Clukey for coming down at Halloween time and talking to the girls about strangers and what could happen to them.
     From September to the middle of November the girls brought in over 100 different kinds of canned or boxed goods to be donated to the food cupboards.
     They donated a Thanksgiving basket with all the fixings to a Brownville family and a family in Milo.  During December we sold cookbooks to raise money for the troop.  That was a good turnover. 
     In January Q106.5 was collecting pasta for Manna Ministry and we donated 60 pounds to them.  We also donated $50.00 toward an egg in the famous Q egg ride for Pine Tree Camps for Kids.
     Our cookie sale this was a great one.  All together the girls sold over 1000 boxes of cookies!  Their goal was 650 and they went way over that. We are taking them all down to Great Skates and Pizza Hut to celebrate them doing such a great job. 
     On Friday, March 19, we will be having a GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALE at both banks in Milo, United Kingfield and Maine Savings, from 2:30 to 4 pm.  On April 17 we will be having a BOTTLE DRIVE to raise money for the girls to go places over the summer.
     Special thanks goes out to our sponsor for getting each girl a T-shirt to wear in the Memorial parade this year.  We will also be going camping again this summer.  The girls had such a great time last year that they agreed to go again.  We are very proud of all that our troop has done over the last months.  Thank you girls!! 

Tammy, Melissa, and Kristy!!

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Thank you –
     I just wanted to thank my wonderful family and friends for all the get well wishes and the flowers and cards and all the visitors while I was in the hospital & at home. I am such a lucky person to be blessed with such a loving family and friends. I'm feeling a lot better and can't wait to get back to work on Monday. Thanks again for everything....
Sam Cote-Rothlauf

FISH CHOWDER SUPPER at the BROWNVILLE JCT. UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in Brownville Jct. Saturday, March 27, 2004 .

Delicious Hot Chowder, Biscuits, Rolls, Crackers. For those that don1t like fish chowder there will be a Salad Bar with Green Salad, Baked Beans, Macaroni Salad, Potato Salad, pickles, Dessert, Coffee Tea, and Punch. Adults $6.50, children 12 and under $3.00.


     Mrs. Carey dedicated almost 40 years of her life teaching Milo area children. To honor her a fund has been set up for a scholarship to be awarded this June to a Penquis Valley High School graduate pursuing a career in elementary education. Contributions to the Helen Carey Scholarship fund may be dropped off at any area school or the superintendent’s office.

Donations may also be mailed to:
Superintendent of Schools
37 West Main Street
Milo, ME 04463

Brownville Trivia
Choose the best answer.
1. Abee Pond is in the (a) north (b) east (b) west (d) south.
2. The Melanson house came from (a) J.C. Penney (b) J.C. Whitney (c) Sears and Roebuck (d) Ward Montgomery.
3. Donna Jones appeared on (a) the Curley O’brien Show (b) Dick Curliss' Country Jamboree (c) Spotlight on Youth (d) Stacy's Jamboree.
4. (a) Webber Jones (b) Buddie Grant (c) Dave Chase (d) Paul West West was the first to land at the Webber Jones Airport.
5. (a) Merle Larrabee (b) Pete Webb (c) Chet Hubbard (c) Don Nesbitt scored the most points against the Railroaders in one game.
6. (a) Farrin Brothers and Smith (b) Bridge Construction Company (c) Hinman (d) Frank Rossi and Sons "straightened out" Buckley's corner in 1961.
7. Brownville became a town in (a) 1814 (b) 1819 (c) 1820 (d) 1824.
8. Brownville had a covered bridge for (a) 48 (b) 58 (c) 68 (d) 78 years.
9. Jake Larson was the iceman and a (a) Granger (b) priest (c) blacksmith (d) merchant
10. Bernard Jones died during the (a) Spanish-American War (b) WWI (c) WWII (d) Korean War.

Answers: 1-b 2-c 3-c 4-d 5-c 6-a 7-c 8-b 9-d 10-b

Spelling Bee Time
     In my solitary walks as a youth I mentally positioned letters and words. This came in handy when I played SCRABBLE with my grandfather or participated in spelling bees in the Brownville schools.
     I misspelled "furnace" in a fourth grade bee. I misspelled "trawler" in the sixth grade of the Union 85 Bee; "eloquent" in the seventh grade of the bee held the following year; and won it all in the eighth grade winning an all expense paid trip paid to Monson to compete in the county bee, where I misspelled "rhythm', finishing third. Neil Hamlin accompanied me as an alternate, with Superintendent Reginald Dority as chauffeur.
     At Brownville Junction High School I participated on the spelling team my last two years, missing the word "abutment" in one of the Central Maine League affairs. Our French teacher, the late R. Palmer Wilson, was a judge. When asked the meaning of a word, he asked, "How do you spell it?!!

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      NEW 4:30 PM WORSHIP SERVICE! Starting Sunday, March 14th, we will be having a new late afternoon service in hopes of reaching more people in our community. The service will feature about 30 minutes of praise and worship music led by our worship team along with the same message that we have on Sunday mornings.

Sundays 9:00 am and 10:30 am and 4:30 pm

      March 14 "Experience Pure Love"
      March 21 "Experience Complete Forgiveness"\
      March 28 "Experience Ultimate Wholeness"
      April 4 Easter Cantata: "Because He Lives" (AM only) (4:30 service will have a sermon)
      April 11 EASTER SUNDAY "Experience Everlasting Life"
     This 3 week video and small group gathering after will allow everyone to discuss their thoughts and feeling about the movie and to find answers to their questions. The schedule is as follows:

     Supper (prime rib and turkey) at 6:00 PM followed by session one video, "The Passion of Jesus Christ" and small groups.

     Supper (pork tenderloin) at 6:00 pm followed by session two video, "The Purpose of Jesus Christ" and small groups.

     Supper (lasagna) at 6:00 pm followed by session three video, "The Person of Jesus Christ" and small groups.

Please feel free to call the United Baptist Church at 943-5500 and speak to Pastor Ernie Madden if you have any questions. Watch for more upcoming and exciting events in the near future.

2004 Wild West Weekend planning stages
     DEXTER - The 2nd annual Wild West Weekend ( is already in the planning stages with organizations, music bands and businesses and families inquiring about who, what, where and when. The date is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 30, 31 and August 1st, 2004.The Dexter Regional Development Corporation (, the North Country Riding Club ( and the Town of Dexter ( are again joining forces to spearhead the town wide celebration, but invite any and all to join the fun!
     Families, businesses and the community are invited to unite on the same days to promote Dexter using the Wild West theme that was embraced in 2003 by the entire town.
     Horses are a very visible part of the weekend clip-clopping along the downtown streets. Although horses are no longer such a primary resource in everyday life, they are a growing presence in the area and proved to be the incentive for the Wild West Days.
     The North Country Riding Club will once again be participating in a big way with the event, Lois Field of the Methodist Church in Dexter and Ripley is also on board for 2004, as well as the Dexter Sunrise Kiwanis, Renys, Country Charm, Dragons Den, Dexter Lakes Association, Roger BrawnReal Estate and more coming soon.
     If you would like to "get Dexter back in the saddle again in 2004" contact Co-Coordinators Amie Smith and/or Judy Wilbur Craig as Dexter unites family and community. We work with 'NO BUDGET', we just ask that everyone do at least "one thing" to promote yourself and Dexter. We will post here and in other media that you are participating and what you are doing.
     If you would like more information email or call 207.924.3067



Wise Women’s Group
Educational Group for Senior Women

Domestic Violence Does Not Respect Age
Do you sometimes feel isolated?
Do you wish you felt more sure of yourself?
Do you sometimes feel you walk on egg shells?
Do you often feel like you’re at fault for everything?

If you answered yes to any of these questions; please join us to learn more about domestic violence, receive support from other women, build self-esteem, and share life experiences.
Meeting times will be from 9:30am – 11:00am

Beginning Tuesday, April 6, 2004 Ending Tuesday, June 1, 2004 This group is free and confidential.

Bringing a friend is encouraged.
Assistance with transportation available upon request
Call 564-8165 or toll-free 1-888-564-8165 for more information and to register

Sponsored by: Womancare, Eastern Agency on Aging, and Woodhaven Physical Therapy

     The United Methodist Women met on Thursday with the ladies from Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church as guests. Following a brief business meeting we were presented with some informative stories of several of the missions that the world organization of United Methodist Women supports both in this country and around the world. It always humbles me to realize that, even though I consider myself to be in one of the lower income brackets, I am still richer than 90% of the people in the world. The Finance committee will meet at Park St. UMC on Thursday March 18 at 7PM and the Nuture, Outreach, and Witness committees will meet on Monday March 22 at Park Street UMC.

Sponsored by the Milo Recreation Department
     Are you heading off to college or traveling?  Do you park in dark parking lots or just interested in learning some self-defense techniques?  This could be an important course for you!  For only $20.00 you will learn how to identify potential threats and how to handle different situations to keep yourself safe.  You will also feel more self-confident to know you can protect yourself in an emergency situation.

16 and over
Every Sunday, starting March 21 from 4 to 5:30 pm
Milo Town Hall
Kevin Black, black belt instructor of jujitsu, a system of self-defense

     Please wear comfortable loose clothing.  Hope to see you there!  Call Murrel Harris at the Milo Recreation Department to sign up at 943-7326.  We must have at least 10 participants to have a class.


Cook School News
     Mr. Walker welcomed us all to our March 5 assembly. After the flag salute, Grades 4 and 5 sang their theme song, "I Hate Getting Up In The Morning." Mr. Walker and Mrs. Zelkan awarded Terrific Kid certificates to LINDSAY TURNER, TAYLOR SEVERANCE and MORGAN DRAKE.
     Ms. Ivy said that Lindsay is Terrific every week. She tries hard every day, is writing fabulous stories and is an independent worker.
     Mrs. Carter noted that Taylor is always Terrific too. Enthusiasm pours out of Taylor every day. She has been doing some extraordinary writing and is working extra hard in math.

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     Miss K. chose Morgan because she is another student who is always terrific. All of her assignments are completed on time. She does all of her homework and is extremely well-behaved.
     Kathy Foss awarded Good Kid on the Bus certificates to Dakota Knowlton, Codie Donlon and Mackenzie Morel. Trevor Lyford led us in the "Terrific Kid" song.
     Ingrid Langley and Betsy Kimball, dental hygienist from Prevention Partners, Inc. announced that Zachary Blakeman was chosen as Super Dental Patient. 18 of our students had their teeth cleaned this week. The smiles were even brighter than usual! Congratulations to all of our Terrific Kids.

Super patient Zach Blakeman with dental hygienists Ingrid Langley and  Betsy Kimball.

Brownville Elementary RIF Reading Challenge
     Brownville Elementary has just concluded their annual RIF Community Reading Challenge. Children read at home in order to meet specified reading goals. K-2 students were challenged to read 4 hours during the two-week period, while 3-5 students were challenged to read 6 hours during the two week period. There were also many days during the challenge that were designated as special days for specific visitors to come in to visit Brownville Elementary and read to children, or have children read to them. In addition, on Sr. Citizen’s day, the second and third grade students visited Quarry Pines and read to many of the residents there. The challenge came to a close with a school wide assembly on “Read Across America Day” which is celebrated on Dr. Seuss” birthday each year. At this final assembly students who had met their reading goals were presented with award pins. Mrs. Wright was also required to drink “pickle juice” as she had agreed to do so if students met their goals. Many students did meet their reading goals and also participated in some literacy activities, which allowed them to gain additional points. With these points combined, there were more than enough points to require Mrs. Wright to meet her challenge. Students, parents and staff watched as Mrs. Wright was served a tall glass of ”pickle juice” from our friend “Bubba the clown”. You should have seen the look on her face when she got to the bottom of that glass!
     The 2004 RIF reading challenge was lots of fun for the students, families, community and staff. Mrs. Lumbra would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who helped to make this year’s challenge another success!

PVHS Blood Drive a Success
     Many thanks to everyone who came out to donate at the March 9, 2004 blood drive.  61 people presented with 55 units successfully donated – beating our goal by five units.  We had donors lined up even before we opened the doors!  Thank you for your patience.  We know some of you had long waits because of the steady stream of donors.  We appreciate your commitment to the cause and will look for ways to help ease the wait at our next drive in December 2004.
     The Key Club would also like to thank the members of the American Legion Post #92 for their assistance.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  Thanks, too, to student volunteers Ashley Stanhope and Travis Willette for volunteering.  We look forward to you both becoming Key Club members in the future!  Finally, thank you to the three students who helped set up chairs and tables.  You really helped out in a pinch!!

TO BENEFIT dreams for Maine kids
Grand Prize:  Hand-made 6’x8’ quilt
First Prize:  Hand-made Mama, Papa and Baby bear.
$1.OO EACH or SIX (6) FOR $5.00.

Drawing to be held on April 30, 2004.

Winner need not be present to win.

Tickets can be purchased from any Key Club member, Trish Hayes, or at Old American Threads on Park Street in Milo.

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PVHS Key Club partners with dreams for Maine kids to help raise funds
     On Monday, February 23, 2004, special guests Ann Hathorn, Jack Gifford and Bobbi Spencer visited the PVHS Key Club to inform them about the organization, dreams for Maine kids.  Mr. Gifford explained that dreams was started in 2000 by nine Bangor-area business people who shared a common goal.  That goal is to facilitate dream wish requests for children aged 5-15 who suffer from life-altering diseases.  Mr. Gifford explained that dream wishes are granted regardless of race, color, creed, or financial status.  This is a totally volunteer effort with no paid staff.  If you would like to refer a child to dreams please call 1-888-266-0075.  All information regarding the children and their prognosis are held in the strictest confidence.  dreams is a 501©3 not-for-profit organization and accepts tax-deductible donations at P.O. Box 815, Bangor, ME  04402-0815.
     During the presentation Ann Hathorn displayed the beautiful hand-made quilt that she has donated to dreams to use as a fundraiser. Mrs. Hathorn’s nephew was granted a dream wish a few years ago and she wanted to re-pay dreams for their kindness so decided to put her quilting talent to work.  The quilt is white with appliquéd baskets of tulips.  The quilt is on display at her shop, Old American Threads, on Park Street.  Mrs. Hathorn also displayed a family of three bears that her sister hand-made and donated to dreams for the fundraiser. 
     The Key Club has volunteered to sell raffle tickets on the quilt and bears for dreams.  Tickets will be on sale until April 30, 2004, for $1 each or 6 for $5.  The drawing will be held at Old American Threads and the winner need not be present.  Tickets can be purchased from any Key Club member or contact Trish Hayes at 943-2902.  The Club plans to set up a ticket sales table at a local merchant and will sell tickets during the Kiwanis Variety Show on April 2-3, 2004.  Tickets are also available at Old American Threads.  Our goal is to sell 1500 tickets.  ALL the money raised goes to dreams to help provide a seriously ill child and his family a happy experience during a difficult time.  With your help we can meet our goal of selling 1500 tickets!

From the classroom of:
Mrs. Mills - Our Terrific Kid has worked hard this week to complete all her jobs. She has tried her hardest at all she has done. She shows thought in her daily math questions. Her smile will brighten the day. She is taking lessons to become a guitar player. I wonder if we will see her on TV one day. We are happy to have SHELBY JAY in our class. Way to go Shelby!!
Mrs. Dunham - Our Terrific Kid is a very polite, kind boy. He has been making extra effort with his organizational skills. Written work has become much neater and it is always passed in on time. No matter what the situation is, he can always be found to have a smile. We love having KENNETH PENNINGTON in our class.
Mrs. Gillis
This girl has shown effort taking her test,
The staff is pleased when ALL of you do your best,
She's told interesting stories about her sleepy time dreams,
Our terrific kid is our friend RaeJean.
Congratulations, RAEJEAN HERBEST!

Mrs. Dell'olio - Mrs.Dell'Olio says that she is very proud of every single child in her class. They are a GREAT group to work with, and have proven themselves to be serious, thoughtful, and determined test-takers during the time we have been working on M.E.A.'s .  YOU ARE SPECIAL!!!!
Mrs. Hayes - Our Terrific kid is a young boy that we asked some very important questions to this week... What is it that makes you so special?... and... What helps you to make so many good choices? This young man continues to rise to the top and show good character and a positive attitude. He says that the reason he is able to do this is because he has strict teachers just like his mom. Isn't it great that this young man has people who love and care about his success? We do care
about this terrific JAMES COMEAU. He is a great young man.
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - MICHAEL GARLAND - This boy is new to our class,  but is fitting in nicely. He is a hard worker and very friendly. He is a kind , caring student. We are glad to welcome him to our class. MACY CAREY- Macy is a repeat Terrific Kid . She follows the "I Care " rules and is a good friend to her classmates. Her story writing is improving each week. We love having Macy in our class.
Mrs. Walker  and Mrs. Carey - This has been a very busy week in Kindergarten celebrating the 100th birthday of Dr.Seuss and we have read lots of books with rhymes and rhymes. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and The Cat in the Hat, and Green Eggs and Ham and Hop on Pop just to mention a few. Our 2 TK's are repeaters again as they are so good at listening and following the rules at calendar time each day. They come in put their things away, order lunch and get right to work each day. They are role models for us all and have smiles that would light up the sky at night. We love our days with these rhyming names too. Kara and Sara!!!!!  Congratulations Kara Pariseau and Sara Bubar
Mrs. Whitney - 5 Whitney's Terrific Kid this week is KATIE BROWN. She has worked very hard at division. She now "gets it" Great Job!!!!!
Mrs. Barden – Our Terrific Kid loves trucks and cars. He likes to read about the Toytown vehicles.He helps his partner making boxes in math. He is writing longer and longer stories. His stories are usually about his brother Tyler and their friends. Did you guess? our terrific kid is PATRICK CREIGHTON.

Mrs. Mills - Our Terrific Kid is a true animal lover. He tell me often of his lizards. He is a great big brother to his siblings. His math skills are fantastic. He breaks apart numbers quicker than you can blink your eyes. This gentleman follows the rules in our class and school. He is a great role model for others to follow. We look forward to seeing him each morning. His face brightens the room like a ray of sunshine. We are very lucky to have CODY LARRABEE in our class. Way to go Cody.
Mrs. Dunham - Our TK is a dear, sweet girl. She is kind, dependable, cooperative, and polite to all. She tries her hardest, no matter what the task is. She is not afraid to ask for help, but she also knows how to work independently. We love seeing her smiling face every day. Congratulations to KENDRA HALL!
Mrs. Gillis
This is a girl who's friendly and carin',
Come Wednesday you'll find that green she'll be wearin',
Our wee, little lassie is generous and sharin',

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St. Patrick would love our Terrific Kid Erin!!
Congratulations, ERIN DAVIS! (whose birthday is the day after St.Patrick's Day.)
Mrs. Dell'olio - Our Terrific Kid is a great kid. He's happy, funny, cool, and hyper. He is also a great football player! His favorite food is chicken cacciattore, he loves milk, and his favorite colors are black and red.  Our sporty Terrific Kid this week is SHANE EMERY!
Mrs. Hayes - We are fortunate to have a new friend in our class. This friend has a happy smile, loves math and has made many new friends. He is a wonderful help to his teacher at the end of the day. He works hard to put the classroom in order before his bus comes. He has been chosen for the prize box a number of times. We are pleased with his cooperation and good manners. Keep up the good work Nathaniel Garland!
Mrs. Tardiff and Mrs. Hussey - This week our Terrific Kids are siblings, twins in fact! MEGAN AND MACY LEONARD.
MEGAN--This twin has been working hard to get her work done on time. She always tries to do her best on tasks and is a great reader. She likes to do her written work very neatly. She's also an active listener at storytime. Good job Megan!
MACY-Macy follows the I-Care rules and has been working hard to learn how to work in cooperative groups. She has improved her written work and tries to do her best on all tasks. Macy loves storytime and often brings a book to share with the class. She's an active listener, too. Congratulations Macy!
Mrs. Walker  and Mrs. Carey - We would like to honor two very special little guys this week as our Terrific Kids. The first is a boy who is a kind friend to everyone. He seems to understand when a friend or a teacher needs a little extra "tender loving care" and he is there with a hug and a smile to try to make them feel better. He enjoys computer time, reading his
little books, and especially PUZZLES!!! This friend makes us laugh and smile. We love our days with JEREMY BROWN.Our second Terrific Kid is just a super little guy. He is kind, generous, happy-go-lucky, and, like Jeremy, seems to know when one of us needs a hug and a smile. We can always count on him to make us feel better. We love our days with our Terrific Kid, Zackary Lewis.
Whitney - Our Terrific Kid this week is ELIZABETH MACINTIRE. She has kept her area clean all week and been very good at asking for any handouts before leaving in the afternoon. Thanks for being so attentive about your classroom area! Great Job Lizzie!!!

A Historical Review –

Rivers and Dams in Maine - Part 7
Dams and Power - Phyllis Austin
Maine Times - Sept. 16, 1977
(Submitted by C.K.Ellison, 2004)

     Cost, so far, seems to be the major factor in keeping the plans on the drawing board rather than sending out the bulldozers. Paul McCann, director of public relations for Great Northern, said it takes "big money" to construct a river dam. For a 50,000 kilowatt dam on the West Branch, it would cost $40 to $50 million, he said. The cost that CMP is anticipating to build their 120,000 kilowatt Cold Stream facility on the West Forks is $130 to $140 million.
     The high costs make paper company and utility executives cautious about using hydro power. For instance, Georgia-Pacific at Woodland, which produces all its power from dams on the St. Croix River, is turning to "hog fuel," or junk wood to burn rather than looking for more hydro sites.

     Neither is International Paper (IP) at Jay looking for more hydropower, but, like G-P, wood residue. (One of the two IP facilities is run entirely off hydropower from Androscoggin River.)|
     There is no question, however, that CMP and Great Northern have to produce more hydropower, if the energy shortage continues. Great Northern is using 2.5 million barrels of oil a year to fire its electrical generators. And although the company produces more than half of its power need from river dams, it needs more hydro to replace the oil that's not only growing more scarce but more expensive. "We're months away before a decision on whether to build or not," said McCann. He pointed out there is a government-imposed moratorium on constructing a dam until October, 1978. "It is not an attractive financial investment at this time... the chances of a dam rise and fall on oil and the energy picture."
     There are two sites that Great Northern could pick from, if the dam is built. One is at The Arches, and the other at Nesowadnahunk Falls. If the dam were built at The Arches, impoundment of the waters would flood 700 acres; if the dam were built at Nesowadnahunk, 2300 acres would be inundated. "The reason we can do it with so little flooding," said McCann, "is there is so much water stored behind Ripogenus Dam." He said there are 11 to 12 dams up to the Canadian border. McCann acknowledged that the Nesowad-nahunk Falls proposal would flood 200 acres of Baxter State park, and 30 of that is already a pond. On the face of it, it doesn't seem that Great Northern would be allowed to flood the park. That issue hasn't been dealt with yet, he said, but the Baxter Park Authority has been informed of the effect of the dam construction on the park.
(continued next week)

Traditions of a Milo-ite
     I've had two experiences in the last two weeks that I won't soon, if ever, forget. Both experiences have probably affected many of you, as well. They go like this:
     My husband made it very clear that he didn't think that I had the fortitude it would take to go to the movie The Passion of the Christ. My son chimed in with a similar opinion that "Mom shouldn't go! " They think I'm a wimp....way too sensitive. In the weeks that preceded the opening of the movie, we were bombarded with media hype. In the days since it opened, we've continued to be bombarded. Now, those of us who had the courage to go to the theater and actually watch the movie know the truth.
     It was gruesome and it was fascinating. The good Baptist people here in Milo had made it possible for any and all of us who wanted to go, the opportunity to do just that. I don't think I would have gone without the support of friends that I've made while attending the Purpose Driven Life activities over the last six weeks. Tickets were made available for specific showings, and I was able to go the first Sunday night that the movie was open in Stillwater. The theater was full. So full, in fact, that the three of us who traveled together ended up sitting in the very front row. That in itself, was an experience. I think the last time I might have sat in the front row of a theater was when I was eight or nine years old and went to a cowboy matinee in downtown Milo.
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appropriate to get popcorn, candy and drinks. Think about it! We were going to watch a controversial movie graphically depicting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. I didn't think it was an unreasonable question. Is it appropriate to eat popcorn while witnessing this? There were many people lined up at the popcorn counter, so I opted to compromise. I'd buy the snacks and eat until the movie started. I did just that....if it wasn't appropriate to eat popcorn in the theater playing The Passion of the Christ, then surely it wasn't appropriate to show coming theater attractions ahead of the movie. When the movie finally started....I folded up my bag of popcorn and M&M's, and quietly put it in my purse to throw out on the way out of the theater.
     The movie was startling. However, like I said to friends who were as shell shocked as I, we knew the story going into this. The ending didn't change. Mel Gibson didn't whitewash a thing.....although, the gruesome beating that we witnessed Jesus receiving was Mel Gibson's "take" on the scripture. Biblical scholars say that in fact, it was even worse. That's something that we will undoubtedly learn the truth of later in our journey.
     That very Sunday morning I had watched The Hour Of Power (like I do every Sunday morning). The Schuler's guest that morning was the man who played Jesus Christ in the movie. He told about being contacted by his agent to meet and talk about a new project. He went to a park where he was going to catch up with his agent. While they talked, Mel Gibson approached and sat at a picnic table with the agent and the star. His conversation with Gibson was amusing, and subsequent conversations were equally amusing. He told about the hours each day that he had to be in makeup preparing for the scenes to be shot. He told about lightening striking him....more than once. He made it be a movie to me, which was how I made it through the show without falling to pieces. If I can help it, I don't watch tragedy, nor scary, nor gore. My senses were assaulted with all of these in The Passion of the Christ. Besides the vision of suffering, what I did take away from this movie was a more definitive idea of exactly what Jesus did for me. He died, like we would do for our own children.
     Even though I shall never watch the movie again (although some say you must see it twice); I am so glad that I saw it the once. It's one of those life experiences that I wouldn't want to have missed. For years I'm sure the subject of the movie will be discussed....and I wouldn't want to be unable to join these conversations for lack of knowledge of the subject matter. Furthermore, I am going to continue on Wednesday evenings at the church where we will discuss the movie, in depth, for a few weeks.
     The other thing that happened this week to shock me was the ending of the trial of Martha Stewart. Now, I know that there are many of you out there who thought she was guilty and got what she deserved...and there are staunch supporters who think it was a travesty of justice. I am one of her supporters... and like it or not I'll have to live with the guilty verdict. What I can't come to grips with is the fact that Martha may have to go to jail. O.J. Simpson walks the streets a free man, and Martha goes to jail for telling a lie. What is wrong with this picture folks? Me thinks we've got lots to fear about this scary situation.

     Last night my husband and I were getting dinner together and he was leaving the vegetable up to me. I didn't have much left for fresh vegetables in my crisper drawer except for a bag of spinach. I decided to look on the bag to see if there were any recipes. Voila!! Anna's Italian Style Spinach stared back at me. It was so good that I made a conference call to the cousins, immediately, to share it. Here it is. Do not be afraid to try it, you won't be disappointed.

Anna's Italian Style Spinach
1 bag fresh spinach (even though it says that it's been washed....I wash it again)
6 Tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil (I used olive oil and might try it with 5 Tbs. next time)
1 and 1/2 clove garlic - chopped fine
1 lemon (it says this is optional - but I think it was tremendous with the lemon juice and I used the concentrate from a bottle, the equivalent of one fresh lemon.)
     Heat oil in a large frying pan and sauté the garlic. Remove the pan from the heat and drop washed spinach into the pan. Cover and set the pan back on a medium heat for 6 minutes. Season to taste, serve warm. Add juice of 1 lemon, if desired. I served it in a vegetable serving dish with a pair of tongs....or you could use a slotted spoon. Out of this world!!! I used salt and fresh ground pepper for seasoning.


     The Penquis Valley High School Class of 2004 will be performing the annual senior play under the direction of Ellen Kirby, director, on March 26 and 27 at the Milo Town Hall Arts Center.
     This year’s production is “Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp”. 
     Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.  They are available from cast members or at the door.
     Please join us for a delightful evening of song and fun!

ATTENTION SPRING CLEANERS: PENQUIS ANIMAL Welfare Sanctuary is seeking donations of good quality used books for their May sale.  If you would like to help please call Victoria Eastman at 943-2400 or you may leave books on the shelter porch at 39 Clinton Street.

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P.E.T.S. To Have Outside-In Yardsale

     To start off our fundraising for the year, P.E.T.S. is holding our first yardsale of the season. We hope to raise $25,000 this year to support our low cost spay/neuter program. In 2003 we raised $13,860 in revenues. These revenues directly supported 295 local area spay/neuters and other medical costs directly related to local animals. Many more spay/neuters of companion animals could have been done had we had the funding to support the program. P.E.T.S. mission is to promote and assist in the spaying of female and neutering of male animals, to encourage and teach the proper treatment of all animals and to assist in the prevention of cruelty to them. Spaying and neutering reduces the overpopulation and needless euthanasia of companion animals in our shelters. Help us make this event a success. Saturday, March 20, storm date Sunday, March 21, 8a.m. - 2p.m. at the Dover-Foxcroft Fire Station. Please call 379-2809 or 564-8092 for item collection

     MILO - Alice Lyford Jacques, 93, wife of the late Frank J. Jacques, died March 5, 2004, at a Dover-Foxcroft nursing home. She was born April 3, 1910, in Milo, the daughter of Perley and Clara (Sawtelle) Lyford. Mrs. Jacques lived for many years in Princeton, during which time she was a foster parent to several children. Since moving to Milo, she had been a member of Mt. Katahdin Senior Citizens of Brownville Jct., and had been active in St. Paul's Catholic Church in Milo. Mrs. Jacques is survived by a son, Kenneth
D. of Casco and Brooksville, Fla.; two brothers, J. Calvin Lyford of Milo, and W. Herbert Lyford of LaGrange; a sister, Florence Brown of Hermon; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Spring interment will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Camp Sunshine, (a retreat for children with life threatening illnesses and their families), 35 Acadia Road, Casco, ME 04015.

From Grammie McCleary’s weather diary.

MARCH – 1991
16-Sunny am windy-44° at 1 pm.
17-Sunny wind-47° at 12.
18-Cloudy rain all day all night-52° at 12.
19-Rain & snow am-38° at 12.
20-M sunny windy-40° at 12.
21-Spring-sunny L wind-35° at 12.
22-Sunny-40° at 12.

     As I write this on Sunday morning, Jack and Ozzie, my darling black goats, are lying on top of their picnic table, eyes half-shut, soaking up the sunshine. All three roosters are chasing each other in an attempt to keep the other away from the hens.  If only the fellows would stop long enough, they would notice the ladies could care less if any of the fellows win the rights to court

them.  Animals lead such a wonderful, carefree life once all of their needs are met.  People could stand to take a lesson from them.
     I , on the other hand, have had another busy, somewhat stressful week.  I guess stressful is the wrong word….what I usually have are weeks that are rollercoaster rides of emotions, and thank goodness, so far, the ride always steadies out. Let me fill you in on what’s gone on, if you feel up to the trip.
     Since I have taken on some of the responsibilities of Milo/Brownville’s Animal Control Officer, I have had 100’s of calls, many of them petty, some quite important. I have answered abuse calls, noise complaints, and missing animal complaints. Many of the incidents have happy endings, such as pets being reunited with their owners or adoptions that match the right person with the perfect pet. But sometimes the endings, as well as the circumstances, are heartbreaking.  And many times, the ending is bitter-sweet, a term I have come to understand fully.  This week has had it’s share of bitter-sweet events.
     The first of these incidents came about because of a letter I received from the D.A.’s office.  I had submitted a case to the courts charging a person with keeping a dangerous dog.  The alleged attack on a small poodle caused severe injury and the owners have offered no help with the vet bills or even an apology, so I don’t feel as bad as I could have about  summoning  them, but the “policing” part of my job is my least favorite.
     I would prefer to be an “Animal Welfare Officer”,  I find it hard to impose a fine on a person who obviously spends little money on their pet’s welfare.  I am always afraid the person will take out their frustrations with  me on their pet, and withhold even more from the animal.  Also, giving a ticket to someone is a serious thing and there are many steps to follow, and , well, I’m just not real good at remembering or caring about remembering the proper protocol.  I am sometimes amazed when I get the conviction.  I think the fact that I only give someone a ticket when I’m completely convinced of their guilt has helped because I am 3-0 in the conviction department, going for 4-0 with this dog attack case.  Anyway, after submitting the ticket to the D.A.’s office, I always feel as if I’ve missed something, but the letter I received stated that due to the severity of the charges a significant fine was going to be levied and restitution will be demanded.  The money collected from the fine will be placed in the Animal Welfare Fund, so that makes it easier for me to justify the whole process.
     Yesterday morning the phone rang and I answered it to be told that the caller was concerned because his son’s pet ducks had been killed, and the circumstances were questionable.  Without going into details, I had to make the decision to go to his home and check things out, determine if the scene looked suspicious and act accordingly.    I had Kirby go with me, as I was afraid I might need support and a second opinion. 
     After some investigating Kirby and I agreed it looked like a weasel or fisher had done the damage.  We were both impressed with the nice little set-up the family had for their outdoor pets, and after talking to the three people realized what great animal owners they were. Besides the sadness of two of their ducks being killed, the family was coping with their lone duck being obviously traumatized and lonely.  Kirby and I both know how social ducks are and that they

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need the companionship of other ducks so we each made the decision at almost the same time to offer one of our babies as a friend to the lone duck.  We had a couple of concerns, though. First, we weren’t sure how adaptable ducks were to newcomers. Chickens and Guineas are very mean to strangers and can seriously harm a newcomer.  We decided to try anyway, and just watch throughout the day to make sure the new couple got along. The second problem was a size issue.  The lonely duck was a small, normal duck and my ducks were much, much, “fluffier”.  As most of you know, I use the term “fluffy” where others might use the term “fat”.   We decided that my “RunRun” was the most likely candidate, as she probably out-weighed “Cracker” by a couple of pounds.  I decided the best way to decide was to bring the 12-year old son up to the house and let him make the decision.  It’s pretty easy to convince a young person to come and see my brood.
     When we arrived at the house, RunRun was no where to be seem.  We found her in the coop setting on a pile of eggs. Last Spring was when I got my duck babies, so I didn’t realize they would have the same brooding instincts as the chickens.  We gathered up RunRun and the pile of eggs and headed back to her new home.  We placed the eggs in the cozy little duck house, next to Cracker, and RunRun went right in and cozied up to her new friend.  Before the day’s end, both ducks were moving around the pen together, as if they had been together their whole lives.  RunRun and Cracker have both adapted, now it’s my turn.  I checked in by phone to make sure things were going o.k., and drove by a few times, but I have to admit my heart was a teeny bit broken.  But I had strength because of the words of that young fellow.
     As we were driving up to my house, I made small talk as a means to see where he was emotionally.  I told him the hardest part of being an animal lover and owner was the guilt and grief that happens when one of them is killed or injured.
     He said, “I know, but if you dwell on worrying, you would never let yourself have any pets.  I wouldn’t trade the good away in order to not feel the bad.”
     Wow!! In two sentences he summed up what life is all about: Don’t let the fear of what could happen stop you from doing the things you want. Enjoy and treasure what you’ve got, and when bad things happen learn from them , grow from them and stay optimistic.  Life is good…some situations are bad…but life is good.
     So my roller coaster, for a while, steadied off and then it started to plummet; I remembered that Saturday was the day Julie and I were taking our precious “Ermie” to his new home.  Ermie is a very special kitten who in his 4 months of life has been through so much and each situation served to strengthen the love we had for him.  Ermie came into the world on Novenber 17th, 2003. He was born in a large dog kennel in my laundry room.  His mom, Posie, was very pregnant when Kirby picked her up on the Millinocket Road, and she was so thankful for a warm safe place to live and get ready to have her family. She patiently tolerated the mayhem that exists at our house, and even ignored the dogs staring at her through the wire door of her “room”.
     When the kittens were born, all 5 of them seemed perfect.  We moved Posie and her babies (Ermie being one of them) down to Ronnie’s foster room so Posie have more room to move around and get a break from the kittens when she needed to.  In the meantime, I found 2 half-frozen kittens in Derby, and eventually put them with Posie, thinking the attention of a mama would

help them in ways I couldn’t.  A few days later, when Ermine and his siblings started showing signs of a respiratory problem and after one of the Derby kittens died, we decided to move the whole family to the shelter. , in a quarantine room, where we could monitor them more closely and administer the countless medications and feedings. Posie was also sick, so we were helping her care for the remaining kittens the best we could.  Despite our best efforts, a second kitten died Mr. Perfect, Ermie’s twin brother.  Julie and I were devastated.  The whole experience of kittens is alien to us…we have dedicated the last few years of our lives to prevent kittens, so we each had very little experience with them.  We just assumed our love and care would make them thrive and we both had failed 2 of the babies..we were obsessed with keeping the remaining 5 alive.
     As time passed, Ermie remained congested and sickly.  We tried medication after medication, moved him ( and the rest of his family) from room to room thinking maybe the room was too warm or too cold , trying theory after theory to try to make him well.  Another month passed. His 4 brothers and sisters went to new homes and still he seemed tiny, weak and sick.  He rasped and sneezed and snotted his way deeper and deeper into our hearts. 
     Julie and I became so accustomed to medicating, feeding and holding him every so many hours, that even when we decided to stop all meds and just let nature take it’s course, we still went to see him at every opportunity.  We would go into whichever room was his designated room of the day, sit on the floor and tell him how special he was and how much we loved him.  Despite his compromised state of health, he was always a spitfire, and in the evenings, as he settled down, Julie would usually have him in her lap and we would use this time to unwind and just talk.   We talked constantly of how hard it would be to let him go, and if the situation presented itself for him to be adopted, the person or persons would have to be very special, very loving, and very dedicated to providing Ermie with what he might need for the rest of his live.  I think perhaps, in a selfish way, we were hoping that person didn’t exist and keeping Ermie forever would be the only option.
     Well, 2 weeks ago, that person, actually those people, appeared at our shelter.  Sheila Ellis took Mrs. Lumpkin, of Brownville, down to the shelter to visit with the kitties, and Mrs. Lumpkin fell in love at first sight with dear Ermie.  Mrs. Lumpkin arranged to bring her two boys (maybe they would be too rough on our precious kitten and we would have to say-“Sorry, no adoption for you”), but alas, the two young fellows were perfect, Mrs. Lumpkin was perfect and Julie and I said yes.  Of course, we had to stall them for a week or so, in order to give ourselves time to adjust and our time ran out this Saturday.  We loaded up the car with special food, toys, blankets, and Ermie and headed to Brownville.  We both needed to see where our special boy was going to spend the rest of his life. 
     The house, like the people was perfect.  A beautiful gray and white cat greeted us as did the two boys. The youngest had a handful of toys he had made, because he had noticed we had a lot of toys at the shelter. These, were also perfect!  Before our visit was through, we were laughing and promising to return for a visit. We kissed Ermie goodbye and giggled the whole way home.  Life was good, the rollorcoaster  ride was going smoothly, and I repeated Kyles word s to Julie.  I think the rest of our lives and our ride through it will go mush smoother, thanks to the Lumpkins and Kyle.

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     The Three Rivers Kiwanis Club meets at The Restaurant each Wednesday morning at 6:30 to eat breakfast, enjoy fellowship, hear speakers on various interesting topics, and to share ideas. All are welcome to visit with us. If you would like to join our organization, please contact Nancy Grant or any other Kiwanian for an application. We are involved in many worthwhile local projects and would be very pleased to have you participate in them.

     President Joe Zamboni welcomed sixteen members today plus guests Shawn Burke, Lindsay Small, Kylie Palmer, and Sam Ellis from the Key Club.
     Roy Bither led the Pledge of Allegiance and Paul Grindle spoke about community service and young people in his prayer.
     Don Harris read an inspirational message about slowing down.  Tom Kelly didn’t think he was a smart man and was afraid he talked too fast.  To avoid saying ‘dumb’ things Mr. Kelly made sure he spoke slowly.
     The Orono/Old Town newsletter was circulated.
     Michelle St. Cyr celebrates her birthday on March 11 and her husband Don adds another candle to his cake on March 14!
     Eleven happy dollars were donated for Frank being back, the Yankees and Red Sox game on Sunday, and for Edwin’s recovery.  One sad dollar was for slipping on the ice.
     Key Club Advisor Trish Hayes was pleased with the blood drive; 55 pints were donated.
     The Three Rivers News sales for last week were 339.

     An interclub visited Orono/Old Town on March 9 with additional interclubs being planned for March 23 at Dover-Foxcroft for the elections, (Roy Bither was elected delegate for the Three Rivers Club.), Guilford on April 19, Greenville on April 16, and April 19 in Dexter.
     The Gazebo Project is in good shape concerning grants.  Two have been sent in and a third is being written.
     The rehearsals are still being held on Tuesday evenings for the Variety Show.
     The Kiwanis Kid’s Korner will resume on April 17 at the Milo Free Public Library.
     March 4, 2004 Board of Directors points of interest:

1.     $100 donation to Pine Tree Hospice.

2.     Camp Sunshine-revisit request for donation if/when a local child attends the camp.

3.     Skip-a-Meal program for Kiwanis Children’s Fund-present to members and leave the decision to participate to individuals.

4.     $100 donation to HOBY.
     It was agreed to begin the community calendar project next week and possibly have an online order form to expedite and make ordering easier.
     Our speakers for next March 17 will be Felix and Jan Blinn.   March 24 is a regular business meeting.

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